Perspective

  • The West of the '90s is the South of the '60s

    The Republican Revolution may be stalled in the rest of the country, but the Rocky Mountain West remains a stronghold for GOP hard-liners.

  • Defensive GOP cleans up its budget act

    After weeks of bluster and deal-making, Republicans quietly dropped 30 or so anti-environmental riders to the appropriations bill.

  • 'Mr. Dominy, are you a hero or a villain?'

    Former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Floyd E. Dominy, looks back on his dam-building days without any apologies or regrets.

  • Congress avoids buying public land

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund is tied up in politics and milked to balance the budget, rather than spent to purchase public lands as it was intended to do.

  • These legislative riders sit low in the saddle

    Republicans have attached a barrage of anti-environmental riders to unrelated legislation coming before the Congress, and Democrats seem unsure how to respond.

  • Activists join forces against mining law

    At a conference for mining activists 60 people share stories and strategies for battling hardrock mining and the 1872 Mining Law.

  • Thirty days left for politics, petulance

    In the waning days of Congress, it begins to look as if the controversial Quincy Library Bill will fall victim to a mixture of "politics and petulance."

  • A treatise on columnist Alexander Cockburn

    A journalist takes columnist Alexander Cockburn of the Nation severely to task for his recent writings, especially about wolf reintroduction.

  • The latest 1,000-pound gorilla

    The American Recreation Coalition, which lobbies for motorized recreation, has become a potent force in the nation's capital as outdoor recreation becomes the dominant natural resource industry, especially in the West.

  • The Land and Water Fund waits to be tapped

    Although the money in the Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund is usually taken for other purposes, this year Congress has agreed to spend the conservation trust fund for land and water conservation.

  • A company that moved mountains runs into a wall

    Local activists fight a mining giant when they battle the Zortman-Landusky gold mine on the edge of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

  • The word according to a weighty Republican

    Alaska Republican Don Young, new chairman of the House Resource Committee, denounces environmentalism and offers his own conservative philosophy.

  • Forest Service is trying to turn over a new leaf, but critics have doubts

    The U.S. Forest Service believes there is a clear patch of land in Montana that affords a clear view of the future's enlightened forestry. The problem is, the agency's own past sometimes sullies the view.

  • A remembrance of William Penn Mott

    When I heard that former National Park Service Director William Penn Molt died last month, my first thought was, "At least he lived long enough to see a wolf in Yellowstone."

  • Indian land claims deserve our support

    The presence of the 24,000-acre Pueblo of Sandia prevents the city of Albuquerque from sprawling into the nearby foothills to the south. Nevertheless, the environmental community in northern new Mexico is fighting the tribe's attempt to reclaim its land from the U.S. Forest Service.